Mar 29

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Max Bathroom Comments: Clearly the inheritor of his father’s temper.

Published 1974

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.17 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Son of the Tree”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Rargh! IKEA!!! How am I supposed to put the new bookcase together with this?!”

  2. fred Says:

    Lake? Well, not EXACTLY a lake for a while.

  3. Cornelius Says:

    Attack of the Covid hairstyle.

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    He’s a poplar guy.

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tor – Fir sure

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    So my mum was right about what would happen if I didn’t wash behind my ears.

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    Well, you’d have a bit of a temper too if people kept nailing lost dog notices to your arse.

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M, @B’Mancer—Both of your comments have been permanently banyaned.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The root of this book’s problems are its wooden characters.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Making the movie of the book was complicated by the protagonist being two miles taller than the rest of the cast. The director had them stand on a box, but it didn’t help.

  11. Tracy Says:

    He looks like he’s stirring the sea with a giant spoon and frowning at the results of the soup.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Gaaaar! How many time do I have to tell you? I’m not sure why, but I hate broccoli!”

  13. Francis Boyle Says:


    Maybe Vance should have branched out into woodworking manuals.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: that certainly would have allowed him to turn over a new leaf, but if it didn’t prove fruitful he would have to take a day job, which might leave him too bushed for his writing to blossom, not to mention moving into the mundane field of how-to books might have led to his expulsion from the groves of academe.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The pecs and clouds make it look at first glance more like Daughter of the Tree.

    GSS to all, who are in fine form today.

    Meanwhile, here’s an article involving GSS favorite Dennis Wheatley:

  16. Francis Boyle Says:


    Or maybe he just twigged that people might consider him a sad sap or, indeed, a completely barking mad nut case were he to try to combine sword and sorcery with pithy woodworking tips.

  17. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Francis Boyle: I concede the palm (or is it the laurel?) to you.

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    He must have very large trunks…
    Sorry, that pun sapped your patience. I swear to branch out into more mature humor. Oak-ay?

  19. Tracy Says:

    The tree comments are all a bit a-corny, I must say.

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